3rds Reports

Date 01/05/2010

By Yakka

Subject Darley Abbey vs. Rolleston 3rds


Here we go then, a new season, some new teams to face and renewed optimism following the excellent form that closed last season. The usual close season departures and arrivals meant the club faced plenty of changes and opportunities for youngsters would surely follow.
The fixture list threw up a visit to relegated Darley Abbey and a trip to this picturesque ground on a hot and sunny day provided the perfect start to the campaign. The track looked good and skipper Mick Clay “the man with the magic hands” wins the toss, in his pre match team talk he wanted to bat first but for some reason the words “we’ll bowl” came out of his mouth, interesting start!
Louis Burrows and Warren “X-Factor” Cowell took the new ball and after some tight bowling restricted the openers to just 2 an over after 12 overs on what appeared to be an excellent batting track. Showell replaced Burrows after 7 accurate overs whilst Cowell continued an inspiring and naggingly accurate spell from the pavilion end. Jepson decided it was time to push on and gave Showell little time to settle but the score continued to struggle above 3 an over. Tom “The Pieman” Yates was introduced shortly after drinks and his second ball, a rank long hop, did the trick as Roe (14) perished LBW with the score at 81 in the 25th over. Jepson continued to try and force the pace but was getting no change from Cowell who was unlucky not to remove him to a sharp chance at slip; Cowell completed an incredible 14 over spell by conceding just 17 runs and no boundaries. This put Darley under pressure to force the score along but Yates soon struck again to take a smart catch off his own bowling to remove Hodgson (11) at 117. Dolby replacing Cowell found Jepson to be in a determined mood but his aggression was his downfall with his score at 82 he chanced his arm once too often to Yates and Dennis Widdows grabbed a catch at mid wicket. McGarady (6) was next to go for a brief 6 and another Yates LBW victim. Hancock-Brown(33not) with some lofty blows managed to accelerate the score as 35 came from the final 4 overs to set a modest 179 for 4. Yates finishing with figures of 4 for 43. Burrows 7-1-26-0, Cowell 14-6-17-0, Showell, 5-0-32-0, Yates 11-1-43-4 Dolby 9-1-49-0.
Dad ‘n’ Lad combination of Dennis and Keith Widdows set about the 4 an over needed to win and wasted no time in taking charge of the openers with boundaries coming at regular intervals. Darley soon switched to an all spin attack in attempt to stem the flow and with the score at an untroubled 50 from 11 overs King managed to get Keith (5xfours) to play-on for a solid 26. Tom Yates joined Dennis and they continued to score at a good rate before Yates was bowled around his legs for 10. Dave Gallagher was up next but was soon in trouble offering a catch to Hodgson again off the leg spin bowling of Fitzpatrick for 2. Brett Cobley joined Dennis with the score wobbling a little at 73 for 3 and in typical style set about dismantling the Darley attack as though he was playing on the beach. In belligerent style Brett smashed 6 fours and a massive six in his quick fire 39 to take the game away from Darley at 132 for 4. Steve Yates joined Dennis (6xfours) who patiently reached a well deserved 50 before offering a simple caught and bowled to Hodgson out of the blue. At 136 for 5 Darley sensed a chance and the field tightened to put pressure on the two new batsmen Yates and Dolby. However with the field in close it left the chance to go over the top and Yates wasted no time in hitting 4, 6, 4 off King who was quickly removed from the attack. Dolby had added 11 before being bowled by the returning Hughes at 161 for 6. Showell joined Yates and added a patient 5 in taking the scores level but when going for glory was taken nonchalantly at mid-off by Atkins off Hughes. Burrows was dismissed first ball by Hughes. At 179 for 8 the game was taking a nervous twist, but cometh the hour, cometh the man an old head (on a very old body) Skipper Clay having rushed to put his kit back on nudged his first ball into the space at mid wicket and the victory was sealed. Steve Yates ending unbeaten on 27 (4xfours, 1xsix).
A solid start with some excellent bowling and batting although a few points gifted at the end.
Darley Abbey 8pts, Rolleston 22pts